Spring Valley High graduate presents world premiere of The New Normal

The New Normal, written by Columbia native Donnetta Lavinia Grays, will premiere at Wings Theater in New York City October 13–23. Donnetta Lavinia Grays is the artistic director and a founding member of Coyote REP Theatre Company in New York, N.Y. Born into a military family, she is the daughter of Dennis E. Grays (Ret.) and native South Carolinian Lynda […]

Southern culture film collection becomes part of Moving Image Research Collection at USC

More than 250 films and videotapes that capture practices and customs in the South, from snake handling to eating grits, have found a new home at the University of South Carolina. The films and tapes, which will become part of the Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC), consist of independent films made from 1970–2005 and were housed at the S.C. Arts […]

Without cutting tuition, USC still makes the cut

In 2009–2010, state appropriations and lottery scholarship money totaled $763.6 million, down 6 percent from 2002–2003, which was the first year education lottery money was put into the mix. From 2002–2003 to 2009–2010, the state’s research universities (Clemson, USC, and MUSC) raised tuition 63 percent. The state’s four–year teaching schools (Citadel, College of Charleston, Francis Marion Univ., etc.) raised average […]


BMW adds workers The Greer BMW plant is hiring another 600 workers, bringing to 1,600 the number of new people it plans to bring aboard for its new X3 assembly line. All told, the BMW plant has about 7,000 workers. For online applications and further information, go to www.mau.com/bmwjobs Electric power rates SCE&G, the main subsidiary of SCANA Corp., filed […]

Folks about town

  US News and World Report has announced their exclusive Best Law Firms and Lawyers in the World. In addition, reference has been made to local lawyers and law firms and their standing in particular fields of practice and expertise. Several S.C. lawyers have been awarded the best in their field, and the others have been put in tiers. The […]

Political Cartoon

It’s not a criticism; It’s an observation

Getting old and irritated

Last weekend I settled in to watch Texas and Oklahoma play the Red River Shootout, now called the Red River Dance Contest, or something. In addition to not knowing what to call it, I couldn’t watch it. I pay nearly 200 bucks a month for satellite TV and get hundreds of channels. Yet, I was denied the opportunity to watch […]

Forty– something

A prayer of thanks

I offer this prayer for the parents as well as the aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, friends, and anyone who has ever had their lives touched by a child. Thank you God for ten fingers and ten toes. Thank you for that first smile. Thank you for pacifiers, blankies, and any stuffed animal that brings a child comfort at 3 a.m. […]

Bob Ford’s Call the Cops

Expensive cigarettes

There are so many news reports about criminals getting off with light sentences, while oftentimes there’s little relief for the victims. A criminal case reported last year down in Waco, Texas, tells the story of a 55–year–old bad boy named Lenny Willis who stole a carton of cigarettes. This isn’t the first time Lenny has been in trouble with the […]

Dutch Fork High School student crowned Teen Miss South Carolina

Janie Davis, daughter of Joe and Melanie Davis and granddaughter of John and Betty Davis, was recently crowned Teen Miss South Carolina at the state pageant held in Hartsville. Janie has won several pageants including Miss Irmo Teen 2008. She attended ROTC Honors Camp at the University of Oklahoma this summer, the only cadet chosen from Dutch Fork High School. […]